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Chris Williamson, the Derby North MP, has lost a high court bid to be reinstated in the Labour party after he was suspended in a row over antisemitism.

A ruling released on Thursday said the party acted “in good faith” by launching an investigation into claims by Williamson that loyal members accused of antisemitism were being demonised for political reasons.

The ruling means the one-time ally of Jeremy Corbyn must still face an internal inquiry and could struggle to stand as an MP for the party were a general election called this year. Union sources said they would trigger a selection battle against Williamson even if he were subsequently cleared.

Williamson was suspended in February after video footage showed him telling a meeting of Momentum that Labour’s reaction to antisemitism allegations had led to the party being “demonised” and claiming he had celebrated the resignation of the MP Joan Ryan, who quit Labour in protest over the handling of antisemitism complaints.

He was readmitted to the party and issued with a formal warning after a hearing of a national executive committee (NEC) antisemitism panel in June – prompting an outcry from MPs, peers and Jewish groups. Read more

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